WELCOME TO GROUNDSWELL! Hello to all you new friends of Groundswell ! Welcome to our monthly e-newsletter. As a new contact for us, you did not recei

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Hello to all you new friends of Groundswell ! Welcome to our monthly e-newsletter. As a new contact for us, you did not receive our September 2014 newsletter mailing, so we're sending it on to you now. Each month we share information on upcoming Groundswell's programs, people, and farms. If you'd rather not receive our newsletters, just click on the Unsubscribe button at the bottom of this page. We hope you'll stay and be part of the Groundswell community.


Groundswell News September 2014

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Join Groundswell at the Food Justice Fair!


Visit Groundswell at the Fair, Saturday 9/27!

Food Justice Fair AND Latinos Multicultural Festival!

Saturday September 27 Noon-4pm

At BJM School, 302 West Buffalo Street in Ithaca

Please join Groundswell, GreenStar Community Projects, and a host of community leaders at the 2014 Food Justice Fair! The Fair is a fun and educational gathering for the whole family, celebrating the efforts of this community to build a more sustainable and just local food system. This year the Fair is combined with the Latinos Multicultural Festival for even more fun! Read more...


Finger Lakes CRAFT: Inspiring Beginning AND experienced Farmers

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CRAFT members get some hands-on experience at Good Life Farm. "Every animal on this farm has a job," explains Melissa Madden.

Good Life Farm tour knocks our socks off!

CRAFT members gathered September 15 at the Good Life Farm in Interlaken to tour this amazing diversified farm operation. Owners Melissa Madden and Garrett Miller are serious innovators, dedicated to their community and to "farming on an energy descent curve."

They're developing systems of "perennial plant and animal polyculture," interweaving perennial crops (fruit trees, asparagus), high-value annual crops Read more...

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Good Life Farm's new Cidery under construction.

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Melissa with Team.

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Young turkeys in their pasture shelters.


Last CRAFT session of the season: Plowbreak Farm

Wednesday October 22, 10am - 3pm

AM Farm Tour, PM Workshop: High Tunnel Production & Marketing

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Young farmers Aaron Munzer and Kara Kara Cusolito grow 113 varieties of vegetables at Plowbreak Farm in Mecklenburg, as well as herbs and annual fruit -- from arugula, lettuce and kale to tomatoes, onions, thyme, watermelons and husk cherries. They feed 75 families through a CSA and also sell to local restaurants committed to offering fresh local food.

The afternoon's CRAFT workshop will focus on using high tunnels to maximize "shoulder season" (spring and fall) growing and marketing: How to efficiently switch your high tunnels from summer crops to planting fall and winter crops in a short time frame, and find the right buyers for your high-value crops. Also discussion on keeping high tunnels healthy.

Participation in CRAFT tours and workshops is free for Finger Lakes CRAFT Members. Not a CRAFT Member yet? Join CRAFT HERE.


Calling all you Yogis and Yoginis!

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Support Groundswell with your Sun Salutations...

Here at Groundswell, we're big fans of yoga. Yoga can help farmers take good care of their bodies (minds and spirits too) and ward off the debilitating effects of hard physical labor. And now, local yoga fans have a chance to show your support for Groundswell!

Saturday, September 27, 10AM - Noon

EcoVillage Second Neighborhood

Please come test your sun saluting endurance and help raise funds for a good cause! Local teachers, Lisa TseTse, Steve Wicker, Tammy Aiken, Carol James and Damaris will be there to guide you! Child care will be available. Suggested donations are $0-$108.00, and the event will move indoors in case of rain. Thank you for your support!

Click HERE to make your secure online donation today.


Horse power gains traction among small-scale farmers

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Donn Hewes coaches one of fourteen trainees at last weekend's Draft Animals Practicum.

Groundswell farmers provide hands-on training

Groundswell's 2014 Draft Animals Practicum was held September 20-21 at Northland Sheep Dairy, and as usual, it was a huge hit with participants. Master Teamster Donn Hewes was joined by Teamsters Liz Brown, Dara Grey, Daniel Hill, Scott Hoffman, Karma Glos and Michael Glos, who worked one-on-one (and sometimes two-on-one) with our fourteen trainees. Thank you to Teamster Donn and all his wonderful helpers, so dedicated to EMPOWERING the farmers of the future!

Click HERE to view our Draft Animals photo gallery on facebook.

Click HERE to read a recent Associated Press article featuring Donn Hewes and other Groundswell Mentor Farmers.


Homesteaders Network

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Last Homesteaders Gathering of the season: October 12

Foget-Me-Not Farm in Candor will host monthly gathering

Jennifer and Dean Whitmore have built their lives and their Candor homestead farm around family. They're a home schooling family with nine children, several adopted. The kids are very involved in 4-H, and raise a variety of livestock. Read more...

Jennifer says, "On October 12 we can see and discuss the B&B that we built. It's a good source of income for a homestead. Also the greenhouse, the types of animals we chose to raise to complement a homestead and the balance that we strive for there. The gardens will be done for the year, but we can brush on how they have changed and developed also."


Finger Lakes Craft Cider Week features Groundswell participants


October 3-12, hosted by Finger Lakes Cider Alliance

Groundswell graduates, instructors and Mentor Farmers feature heavily in the emerging craft cider industry in our region. Banding together as the Finger Lakes Cider Alliance, these orchardists are the impetus behind Finger Lakes Craft Cider Week, which will run from October 3rd through October 12th. Participating Groundswell grads, instructors and Mentors include Red Byrd Cidery (Burdett), Eve’s Cidery (Van Etten), Black Diamond Farm (Trumansburg) and Good Life Farm (Interlaken) Read more...


Make your own cider press!

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Hammerstone School teaches Carpentry for Farmsteaders

Groundswell grad Maria Klemperer-Johnson is now a full-fledged beginning farmer, running Hammerstone Orchards with her partner Chad Purdy. As part of the burgeoning cider revival, they grow exclusively traditional cider varieties of apples for wholesale to local craft cideries, and for you-pick to home cider-makers.

Through the orchard's sister business, Hammerstone School, Maria also teaches carpentry skills to women and to farmstead operators. On October 12th and 13th (Sunday and Monday of Columbus Day weekend), Hammerstone is partnering with local cider makers Redbyrd Orchard Cider (also a Groundswell grad!) to present a two-day class in both woodworking and cider making. Read more...


Please support our work.

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Training new farmers is resource-intensive.

We can't do it without the generous support of individual and business donors. Your contribution is an investment in a sustainable and equitable regional food system.

Click HERE to make a secure online donation today.

You can also show your support by becoming a Groundswell Member. Membership provides you with:

Discounts on Groundswell Programs
Free Admission to Groundswell Member Events
Opportunity to join the Groundswell Homesteaders Network
Opportunity to join the Groundswell CRAFT (aspiring commercial farmers only)
Monthly E-Newsletter
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Become a Groundswell Member HERE.

Groundswell is an initiative of Learn@EcoVillage Ithaca, which is a project of the not-for-profit Center for Transformative Action. For more information, call us at (607) 319-5095 or email info@groundswellcenter.org.

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Northland's baby Bob with mom Connie.